Gallery Exhibit: 'ASD goes to PSU'

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – During the month of April, Penn State Lehigh Valley Art faculty will work with students, classroom teachers and Penn State Lehigh Valley student teachers to create art with third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at McKinley Elementary School in the Allentown School District (ASD). The results will be on display in the Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley from May 1 to 25. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The reception is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is the result of an art enrichment program called "ASD goes to PSU" that was designed for third through fifth grade students at McKinley Elementary School. Over the course of two weeks, visiting artists, Ronald De Long, Elizabeth Flaherty and Karen Steen, all Penn State Lehigh Valley Art faculty, will work with McKinley students to link art with subjects they are currently learning in class. Each grade will work with a different Penn State artist and focus on a different artistic medium.

Third grade students are creating the art of Kakemono (hanging scrolls) with Ron DeLong. In addition they will decorate Senbazuru (folded cranes). Both art projects are correlated to their study of Japan. Fourth grade students will work with Karen Steen to make prints of elements from Allentown; schools, churches, a movie theatre, restaurant, coffee shop, library and historical landmark, etc. The individual elements will be arranged into a "town" for display in the gallery. "Landforms" is a multimedia exploration into mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, a science standard in the fifth-grade curriculum. Under the guidance of Elizabeth Flaherty, students will create a representation of their own understanding of each of the three landforms using Model Magic, pebbles, sand, paint, markers, tissue paper, cellophane and creativity.

In the last few years, Penn State Lehigh Valley's relationship with McKinley has broadened beyond traditional student teaching to volunteering for programs that further the school's mission as a COMPASS school. Community Partners for Student Success (COMPASS) was launched in 2005 by the United Way "with a vision to identify, strengthen and promote community-connected schools," according to the organization's website. The program overview goes on to state that "Community schools are designed to transform schools into the hub of their neighborhood by organizing a wide array of programs and services in the school so that students and families can get their needs met in one place," with the overall goal of "improving academic achievement by removing all barriers to learning."

For more information, contact Ann Lalik, gallery director, at or 610.285.5261.

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Last Updated April 09, 2013